Show Review & Photos: Yellow Ostrich, Pattern is Movement & Thumpers @ Barboza

Yellow Ostrich, Pattern is Movement & Thumpers @ Barboza, 3/22/14
Show Review & photos by Abby Williamson

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Yellow Ostrich‘s Alex Schaaf

It’s not often that I go into a show knowing little to nothing about a band. This was one of those times. And I’m ashamed to say that, because what I discovered was a fantastic band that is highly underrated – Yellow Ostrich. What drew me to see Yellow Ostrich in the first place? Well the drummer, Michael Tapper used to play in another band I love, and I’d never seen him play so I thought, “hey what the heck I’ll check out their stuff.” And their stuff is great, I’m telling you.

But to start off the show at Barboza was English Sub Poppers Thumpers, who killed it. Think St Lucia with a dash of Local Natives, but with all the British charm. With such a cramped room like Barboza, their energetic sound almost – pardon my cliché – raised the roof. I seriously suggest checking these guys out for your summer playlists, they’re all around fun times.

The next group was such a surprise that by the end of their set that I wasn’t even sure what I’d just experienced. Pattern is Movement, hailing from Pennsylvania, apparently has been around since 2001. Where have I been? This duo of keyboard and drums – not to mention singer’s Andrew Thiboldeaux understated sexy falsetto – made the crowd just stop and listen. If I wasn’t blown away enough – they broke into a cover of D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel).” And it was real good. Real good and real sexy.

After everyone had a chance to cool down, so to speak, Yellow Ostrich took the stage. Playing a good selection of songs off their phenomenal new record Cosmos (which I purchased after the show), they also played some older ones that seemed to get the crowd pretty excited. “Marathon Runner” was a particularly catchy tune, and “Ghost” brought the sultry grooves back. Singer Alex Schaaf’s tenders vocals paired with the multi-talented Michael Tapper on basically every kind of percussion available made for such a dynamic show that I was disappointed when it ended. I wanted them to keep playing. And it was an early show, so I was wide awake and ready for more.

I can say that I’m no longer uninformed in the world of Yellow Ostrich, and really thankful that I accidentally found out about that show when scrolling through Tumblr last month. Thanks Internet.

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